Koishikawa Botanical Gardens – Tokyo | Travel Information

Koishikawa Botanical Garden

The Koishikawa Botanical Gardens, located in Northern Tokyo, is owned and operated by the University of Tokyo, in particular the department of the Graduate School of Science.  The gardens offer a peaceful place to relax and explore the 4000 species of plants found in the garden. 

The Koishikawa Botanical Gardens is quite popular in the spring when the cherry trees begin to blossom, and the park is typically far less busy that the majority of cherry blossom viewing areas in the Tokyo Metropolitan area.

The Koishikawa Botanical Gardens were first created in 1684, originally established as a medicinal herb garden for the Shogunate, but was later made into the botanical gardens we know and love today following the Meiji restoration, it became property of Tokyo University and became the first research facility to study botanical research. 

Note, the gardens are not to be confused with Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Hours and Admission

  • Hours: 9:00am - 4:30pm (4:00pm Last Entry)
  • 500JPY
  • Average Time Spent: 45 Minutes
  • Official Website

Accessing the Koishikawa Botanical Gardens

Because of it’s convenient location in Northern Tokyo, there is a wide network of rail services that stop within a few short minutes of walking. The entrance to the park is located in the south eastern corner of the park.

The closest train station to the park is Hakusan, which is 12 minutes away. Coming from Tokyo Station area, the travel time will be 15 minutes along the Mita Line, departing from Otemachi Station (located just outside the east entrance of the Tokyo Station). This journey will cost 220JPY one way. 

Where To Stay


The World Travelers House Hikari is an economical, yet still private solution to your accommodation, perfect for solo travelers on a budget. While the rooms are pretty basic, it is located near a train station, making it a convenient place to rest your head.

Tokyo Ueno New Izu Hotel 

The Tokyo Ueno New Izu Hotel is a hotel which features both traditional Japanese and western style rooms to fit everyone’s preference. Additionally, if you are ever in a pinch for some food, there is a convenience store located right outside the hotel.

 Hotel Bellclassic Tokyo

Hotel Bellclassic Tokyo is a stylish modern hotel, perfect for those who like to travel luxuriously and stay in one of the fanciest hotels in Tokyo. Additionally, for the quality of room and location, the price is excellent, even if it’s not on sale. 

Nearby Attractions

Saitama Railway Museum

Love trains? or just looking for a place to entertain the young ones? Then the Saitama Railway Museum is certainly a place to check out!

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree is among one of the most notable tourist attractions in Tokyo. The landmark has a total height of 634m, making it the tallest structure in Japan, and the tallest tower in the world!

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